Taking a dim view of the goof-up in translating the Maharashtra governor’s address to the state legislature, the Shiv Sena today claimed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis shied away from speaking in Marathi at public events.
Fadnavis was trying to portray the image of a “leader of all languages”, the Sena claimed, adding that the state government was “pessimistic” towards the Marathi language. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said it was a matter of concern if those in power were not proud of their language and the state. The remarks of the Sena came on the “Marathi Bhasha Din”, which is observed every year on this day to mark the birth anniversary of eminent Marathi poet, Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar.
The state Assembly witnessed a goof-up in translation during Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s address yesterday, triggering protests and a walkout by the opposition. During the governor’s customary address to the joint sitting of the two houses of the state legislature on the opening day of the Budget Session, the Marathi translation was not available due to a technical problem. “Why do faults occur only when the Marathi language is concerned?” the Sena wondered in an editorial in its party mouthpiece, “Saamana”.
“Somebody talks about dividing Maharashtra and the government becomes deaf and mute. Then someone else talks in an insulting language about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and now, there are problems in translating the Marathi language,” it said, taking potshots at the BJP-led state government. Asserting that it was fighting to save the Marathi culture in Mumbai, the Sena alleged that the BJP, along with other parties, was creating controversies against the language to win the Assembly and the city civic body polls.